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Label executive and rapper Ice Prince releases the Cold EP, the follow up to his 2016 album Jos 2 The World. 

The EP begins with the banging Shut Down featuring Jethro Faded, its horns and drums bearing semblance with South African Hip Hop joints. A proclamatory start. Totally different from the funky Space Funk which features a Michael Jackson sounding hook from Remy Baggins, a criminally underrated act in these circles. Ice Prince's verses are delivered in sync with the beat, floating with the confidence of a veteran astronaut. Imagine Zamani pulling a shock feature and we are all grabbing our phones to know if he truly featured Bruno Mars. Space Funk is so 24k magic. 



Hit Me Up is bouncy trap with a catchy hook that is perfect for a Summer time out. Ice Prince just said "lets ride in space". Three songs in and you don't know where he's taking it with this space thing. The features are strong and this is a jam. 

Midway through, Ice Prince wants to slow down things with an interlude but Die For Your Love is actually song of the EP contender. Lyrics delivered over a bounce with an EDM slice is vintage Ice, just too short, as interludes are. Perfect crossover to the second half. 

A drawling Ice Prince is the crooner of Tour 254, a rap verse featuring a remiscent superstar who lived life on the fast lanes. On So High, Kay Switch delivers by far the least impressive hook on this EP. His patois almost redeems the performance and Ice Prince like much of the Ice Prince on Cold, is just bananas with his flow over the piano backed instrumental. 

Watching You is auto tune Ice singing slowly, as if perusing his next line. The synth of the instrumental makes a dominant appearance and the vocals seem sung from a depth but it works, as do the EP closer Las Gidi No. 1 Chic. Heartbreaking with its opening lines "I used to love you." As with much of the EP's production, the beat is top notch, the bridge punctuated by a piano riff. Solid bow out. 

The Cold EP is like Ice Prince's apology after the failure of Jos 2 The World but on Cold, you won't find a kneeling man with everything to lose. You won't find a man hiding behind the dominant sound of pop and rapping about average stuff. Even when he does rap about average stuff, it is delivered with a quintessential swag that will only grow on you. Like mentor MI Abaga who has embraced the new school, Ice Prince features budding acts but his trajectory doesn't bend to the industry's demands instead he delivers something futuristic, a sound that many rappers could be borrowing from along the line. 

With Cold, Ice Prince might just have reignited a new fire on the path to re-inventing himself .



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